Fall Grants 2016 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
Iraq, winter 1988. Daoud, a young man from Baghdad, is drafted into the war with Iran. At the front, he is assigned a gruesome task at the morgue: sorting the arrivals of dead bodies and organising their transport to their final resting place. For the “martyrs’, this means the family home; the “traitors” are dispatched to a mass grave in the desert. Among the dishonoured dead bodies, one man – Ali – is still breathing. When he finds the farewell letter Ali wrote to his beloved daughter, Daoud decides to save the man from this hell and reunite him with his family. He deserts the army and embarks on a dangerous journey to take his new friend home.
- Koutaiba Al-Janabi
- Koutaiba Al-Janabi
- Sabine Sidawi
About the Director
Koutaiba Al-Janabi was born in Baghdad, and studied photography and cinematography in Budapest, Hungary. He worked as a producer/director for television, as cinematographer on feature films, and he now directs and produces short films and documentaries ('The Train', 'Wasteland', 'The Ever Restless Man'). His feature film 'Leaving Baghdad', won first prize in Dubai, a British Independent Film Award, and was nominated for Cinema for Peace Award in Berlin. 'Stories of Passers Through' (2018), a feature film shot over 30 years is being shown at film festivals worldwide. 'The Woodman' is a feature film in post-production.
Production Company Profile
Founded in 2007 and managed by Sabine Sidawi, Orjouane Productions specializes in the production of feature fiction and documentary films. The team is composed of three dynamic women, Jinane Dagher, Renata Rahme and Sabine Sidawi, who cover all aspects of production while working closely with different Lebanese and European filmmakers and technicians. Orjouane Productions engages in the search of Regional, European, and international funding for the projects it produces, as well as manages the execution of the film from preparation (casting, location hunting, set production, etc.) to shooting in Lebanon and the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, etc.). Since 2007, several films and documentaries have been produced and co-produced by Orjouane Productions.